CEOs say they are willing to change, but their companies aren’t even close


Are those occupying the corner office poised to lead us to a less rigid and more collaborative workplace? There’s cause for hope, based on a new set of statistics derived from more than 13,000 psychometric tests administered to CEOs over the past 15 years.

But the findings, produced by the executive-search and leadership development firm Korn Ferry, also highlight a big disconnect between what’s unfolding in the C-suite and what’s happening in the rest of the organization. How quickly that divide can be bridged—or whether it can be bridged at all—remains to be seen.

In recent weeks, Korn Ferry has begun to roll out a digital platform billed as a “four-dimensional executive assessment.” The tool, known as the KF4D, aims to help companies select the right talent by examining a candidate’s skills, experience, traits (including personality and intellectual capacity), and “drivers”—a measure of “what gets you out of bed in…

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